So, Rabyd Writer is about my reading and writing habits, and Rabyd Iron now covers my weight lifting persona along with my other fitness efforts so what is left for Rabyd Discipline to talk about — I would say about half off things are still left.
Finances – Yeah it is that money thing. I had a lot of goals for this year but circumstances have kicked my butt on this one. My wife job got downsized so she went from full-time to part-time. I still haven’t been able to find a second job that does not conflict with my work at the church and I have other people looking for me as well. All in all we are too much at the mercy of circumstances when it comes to our money. It has been a long slog on this one and it is still going but we stay up with our bills and save a little but it seems every time we get close to something going well, it gets jerked out form under us because of some minor crisis. I am actually considering going back to school to get a degree that can actually make money. Sorry Theology and Bible just does not pay – literally.
Family – This month we are about to engage in a long trip at the end of the month to see my oldest son in Pennsylvania. We are hopefully going to go with all the family, little Jane included. I am happy for this as it was last Christmas I think that the whole family was together in the same room. Now that the kids are grown up this happens rarely and it is cause for celebration.
Celebration – Speaking of Celebration. I am taking a vacation at the end of the month. Part of this will be said trip above but also I have about four days of not doing anything church related. I am preaching next Sunday, having a church council meeting and then will be working very hard to not have the church on my mind for the next eight days. I just want to be myself and enjoy the things I enjoy including my family for eight days. I have also set aside one day of that to think and meditate deeply on where I am and where I need to be going. Don’t worry folks I am thinking of another vacation at the beginning of next year to actual get away and relax. I am also hoping to have another job to help this idea financially but who knows.
Spiritual Disciplines – Honestly I have never been a good one for setting a formal time for prayer and meditation but I do both almost every day. It just happens. The real issue of course is looking at this as being good or bad. I don’t know, I guess I prefer the informal times because it keeps my spiritually in tune all the time. I need to be sure that everything is preceded in disciplines but I think I do that automatically and it is just a part of my life.
Ministry – I have written on this before when it comes to the church I feel we are stuck. I was actually asked twice this week about what would happen if the church couldn’t pay me. Not by people in the church, but people who have a certain perception of how things are going in the church. It was an interesting question to ponder. That’s why I am taking a vacation.
Leadership – One last board meeting before the election on November 4th. Thing is things are going really well at the school and I have no complaints about us anyway. The State Legislature is another matter entirely when it comes to education. I am not sure about the community however. We have a lot up this next year and we will have t least one new board member and possibly two. The question is will I be one of those that survives for another four years. My chances are 75% so I am pretty confident but there is always the outside shot that things could go badly on election day.
So you see readers, there is plenty for my to talk about in Rabyd Discipline each week. Thanks for listening.
Blessings and Cheers!